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Sunday, August 31, 2003


Dean sweeps first Texas straw poll

posted by annatopia at Sunday, August 31, 2003 permalink View blog reactions
This one's hot off the email presses. *smile* Texas state volunteer coordinator Glen Maxey conveys some good news to our wonderful Texas volunteers:
At the LBJ Birthday BBQ sponsored by the Hays County Democratic Party, Dean swept the first Texas straw poll organized by an official Party organization.
(If you're out of state, this is the County between Austin and San Antonio where LBJ went to college and taught. For those who lived through Monday's Sleepless Tour, it's where Dean switched buses!)
What's so great about this: We didn't EVEN try to pack the meeting. This was ALL local San Marcos and Hays County folks!!!
Dean 62%
Kucinich 12%
Clark 6%
Edwards 5%
Undecided 4%
Gephardt 4%
Kerry 4%
Lieberman 2%
Graham 2%


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